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Monitoring & Control control machines and processes without relying on the processing power of the central PLC. Thus, they can act as stand- alone devices able to carry out normal functions and keep the machinery oper- ational if the central system fails. Addi- tionally, their autonomous nature pro- vides faster processing and greater relia- bility. The modules have the capacity for self-diagnostics down to the sensor level and can generate fault reports on open wire, short circuit, under and over range, and wiring error. These digital and ana- log modules communicate with up to 700 sensors that monitor operating con- ditions on the boat's propulsion and aux- iliary systems, including main engines, generator and pump control, switch- board logic, fuel transfer, and steering.

When a sensor receives information, such as a fire in the starboard engine, it transfers this information to the fire detection field I/O module. The module then takes immediate tire-suppression






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PLC relays this information to the other modules, which take the appropriate self-preservation steps on equipment that they monitor. At the same time, the central PLC converts the information and sends it to the user interface, which shows the operator the type and exact location of the problem. If a field mod- ule fails, the central PLC will take over the control for that unit until the fault is cleared, providing a basic level of redundancy at no extra cost.

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The CIMPLICITY software receives data from the PLCs and I/O points, act- ing as a central operator interface for various local and remote controls. This easy-to-use graphical interface was developed on a Windows NT platform, and, in Techsol's applications, is com- posed of marine-approved computers and touch-screen displays. The software employs an object-oriented approach that makes it simple to create screens to handle any number of operating para- meters. Pre-built and pre-configured screens are readily adapted using graph- ic tools. A built-in graphics editor incor- porates Windows-type toolbars on the development screen. The user simply selects a tool for drawing, or for adding text and button objects. An Object Link- ing and Embedding (OLE) button eases importation of OLE 2.0 objects such as spread sheets, charts, and bitmapped

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